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Youth Opportunities to Get Involved in Alberta Global Change

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Last Updated: August 13, 2020

Current Opportunities for Youth in Alberta

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL 2020

GIRLS SPEAK OUT – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 All submissions must be submitted with a consent form

Final Deadline  September 18th @ 23.59 EST

Attention girls of the world! This year marks the ninth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2020)! Every year, there is a free event held at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC that is completely run by girls! This year looks a bit different as a result of COVID-19, but the event will still be held virtually. We need YOU to help make this year’s performance just as great! We are looking for creative work by girls to be featured during this program. We want to know:

  • What does being bold mean to you?
  • What do girls need to have to build equity in their lives, education, communities, families, and so forth?
  • What is it like being a girl where you are?
  • What stands in the way of girls in your community from experiencing equity?

Here’s how:

If you are 18 years of age or younger, send us your inspirational video! You can share with us a video of your stories, poetry, art, music, or declarations of boldness.  Your submission could be chosen to be included in the Virtual Girls Speak Out 2020: an annual celebratory event developed in partnership with the United Nations!

Visit dayofthegirlsummit.org’s website for more information

Pivot 2020 is a deep urban exploration and information gathering project led by 1,200 young people in 27 cities across Canada. This network will collect data through surveying youth, interviewing community members, and collecting benchmark information on the issues that matter to them most. Through the project, the Pivot team will learn more about city-building and develop future employment skills, while connecting to a network of other young people invested in similar ideas. The findings will populate an open and accessible database grounded in priorities and opportunities determined by youth that can be used by planners, organizations, governments and more to make our cities bigger, brighter and better for all post-COVID. 

Job Openings: 

City Coordinator

Team Lead – Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories

Team Member

The Beijing+25 Youth Task Force is announcing a call for applications to expand the composition of the Youth Task Force that will work in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) process closely with UN Women, civil society organizations and other stakeholders from September 2020 to September 2021, to ensure the meaningful involvement of young people in the global processes of the 25th review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)
 
To apply, please familiarize yourself with the, Call for ApplicationsTerms of Reference, Criteria for Nomination and submit the Application Form by August 21st 2020 at 12:00 p.m. midday EST. Note that the recommendation letter should be by your nominated organization. 
 
The Beijing +25 Youth Task Force will organize 2 webinars between 7th to 18th August 2020,  with the objective to reach more young people and motivate them to apply to be a part of the Youth Task Force while clarifying any questions/doubts regarding the application process and requirements. Watch out for more information related to the webinars in the Beijing +25 Youth Task Force’s social media spaces; FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

MISSION

Educate and empower Youth to provide meaningful input and to take action on local issues and municipal politics in Edmonton.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Youth who are between the ages of 13 and 23 [Bylaw 14126] during the term September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
  • Individuals under the age of 18 are required to participate with the express written consent of their legal guardian [City Policy C575C] 

MANDATE

The Committee’s mandate is to provide information and advice to Council in relation to issues involving or affecting Youth, and will perform the following functions:  

  • research and write policy proposals for Council’s review;
  • co-ordinate community events that profile local Youth issues;
  • receive direction from Council on work or reports it requires on Youth matters;
  • develop and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations addressing issues of concern to Youth;
  • promote initiatives to support the well-being of Youth;
  • educate Youth on City governance, procedures and policy making;

  • provide networking opportunities for Youth;

  • consult with City administration and other organizations supporting Youth initiatives;
  • establish the General Assembly, maintain the registry of individuals participating in the General Assembly, and oversee its meetings;
  • if requested by Council, recommend individuals for appointment to the City’s civic agencies; and
  • inform Council of initiatives of other levels of government that could affect Youth and advocate for the City in the manner directed by Council, if Council directs.

Learn More and Apply

Do you have a simple project idea to support your community?

TakingITGlobal (TIG) is looking for young people who are inspired with ideas and ready to take action through youth-led community service grants

Does my project qualify? Download check list!

Need inspiration? Visit the Stories page!

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hiring and overseas deployment of interns for this program has been paused until it is safe to travel again. This webpage will be updated when the program resumes.

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain international work experience and launch your career with an added global skill set? The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) offers Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work.

The 2020 internship period will be approximately May 25th – December 8th, 2020.

Learn More

This immersive 5.5-month program brings together 11 young adults who share and manage a house in one or two communities in Canada, with the guidance of a Project Leader.

Apply to the National Experience!
Visit katimavik.org

 LoopEducation, bridges the gap between high school and post-secondary by leveraging lived experiences of post-secondary students as they strategize and provide personalized action plans and 1-on-1 consultations to disadvantaged and marginalized high school students at an affordable and accessible rate. You can find out more about us by watching a short video here

Top 30 Under 30

If you are a youth (under age 30) or know a youth, you have the opportunity to support our yearly Top 30 Under 30 campaign. Every winter, we put out a call for nominations for young people who are actively working towards the UN Global Goals in a variety of ways. Stay updated on ways you can be involved by following us on social media or checking for updates on our Top 30 webpage.

The SDG Hub

This is a space for young Albertans between the ages of 18 and 24 to connect with other young people and mentors from our vast network. We are on a mission to train and engage the next cohort of young leaders who are working towards building a fair, equal and prosperous Alberta. Depending on the season, we may be looking for applications for our next cohort or in the middle of the SDG Hub season! 

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